280.780 Spatial Analysis with GIS
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VU, 2.5h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.5
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to..

  • understand the principles and essential concepts of geographical information processing,
  • individually implement  "GIS projects" using their analytical "user knowledge" (in contrast to GIS "expert knowledge"),
  • apply theoretical basics and practical skills in the context of space-related examples,
  • deal with method-related subjects and apply this knowledge by using a widely-used commercial GIS product,
  • understand and discuss relevant fundamentals, applications, data structures and models, data acquisition and integration and analytical methods.

Subject of course

The students will acquire knowledge of the basic functions and get an overview over the technical potentials of geo-information systems (GIS) -  by means of examples that are related to planning issues and are related to practice. Additional blocks of theoretical background information complement the practical parts of the course. The syllabus ranges from simple data visualization to modeling of spatially based multi-criteria suitability analysis.

The course is structured in loops and each of these loops is subdivided in subsequent sections:

  • Tutorial / Tutorium: 
    develop know-how/skills related to specific analytical tasks and software tools - in the context of supervised exercise units. With the assistance of tutorials, videos, and personal support from tutors.

  • Theory: 
    In addition, relevant basic terms and theoretical concepts are presented in short lecture units. The units take place in lecture halls and are streamed via LectureTube.

  • Exercise
    solve space-related analytical problems individually and by means of the skills acquired in the tutorium-section.

  • Q&A:
    Opportunity to address/ask open questions, discuss approaches and solutions in smaller groups and with support from the course lecturers.
  • Evaluation/Grading of exercise & feedback:
    submitted maps and calculations are assessed, individual feedback is provided via TUWEL. Feedback sessions additionally provide the opportunity to discuss examples of the cartographic outputs. (mandatory presence!)

  • Grading: 
    Two tests with practice- and theory-related questions

Teaching methods

  • individual training of new content via tutorials, videos and the support of tutors
  • Solving practice-oriented tasks individually or in teams of 2 persons
  • Discussion of results in the plenum
  • compact theory lectures - supplementing the skill-oriented content of each unit

Mode of examination


Additional information

 ArcGIS Pro 3.0, which is widespread in practice, provides a wide range of analytical tools as well as modeling functions. Every participating student can apply for an annual license (at the cost of 3 Euro) for using the software on their own Notebooks via TU.it: http://www.sss.tuwien.ac.at/sss/agi/. Additioinally the "EDV-Labor" (practice rooms) provides access to the software for all students (see https://www.archlab.tuwien.ac.at/234.html for more information about remote acces)

Detailed information will be presented during the kick-off session.




Course dates

Mon13:00 - 14:0002.10.2023EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorbesprechung
Wed13:00 - 15:0004.10.2023EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Theorie-Einheit 1
Wed14:00 - 18:0004.10.2023PC8 Betreute Einheit 1 - PC8
Wed14:00 - 18:0004.10.2023PC7 Betreute Einheit 1 - PC7
Wed14:00 - 18:0004.10.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 2 Betreute Einheit 1 - Seminarraum
Wed13:00 - 15:0011.10.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Feedback Übung 0
Wed14:00 - 18:0011.10.2023PC7 Q&A Übung 1 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0018.10.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Theorie-Einheit 2
Wed14:00 - 18:0018.10.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 2 Betreute Einheit 2 - Seminarraum
Wed14:00 - 18:0018.10.2023PC8 Betreute Einheit 2 - PC8
Wed14:00 - 18:0018.10.2023PC7 Betreute Einheit 2 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0025.10.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Feedback Übung 1
Wed14:00 - 18:0025.10.2023PC7 Q&A Übung 2 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0008.11.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Theorie-Einheit 3
Wed14:00 - 18:0008.11.2023PC8 Betreute Einheit 3 - PC8
Wed14:00 - 18:0008.11.2023PC7 Betreute Einheit 3 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0022.11.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Feedback Übung 2
Wed14:00 - 18:0022.11.2023PC7 Q&A Übung 3 - PC7
Wed14:00 - 18:0029.11.2023PC7 Q&A Probetest - PC7
Fri10:00 - 16:0001.12.2023 PC-Räume des EDV-Labors (Siehe TISS-Prüfungsanmeldung) - 1. Slot: 10:00-12:00 / 2. Slot 14:00-16:00Zwischentest 1
Wed13:00 - 15:0006.12.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Theorie-Einheit 4
Wed14:00 - 18:0006.12.2023PC8 Betreute Einheit 4 Tutorial & Übung 3 - PC8
Wed14:00 - 18:0006.12.2023PC7 Betreute Einheit 4 Tutorial & Übung 3 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0020.12.2023EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Feedback Übung 3
Wed14:00 - 18:0020.12.2023PC7 Q&A Übung 4 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0010.01.2024EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Theorie-Einheit 5
Wed14:00 - 18:0010.01.2024PC8 Betreute Einheit 5 - PC8
Wed14:00 - 18:0010.01.2024PC7 Betreute Einheit 5 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0017.01.2024EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Feedback Übung 4
Wed14:00 - 18:0017.01.2024PC7 Q&A Übung 5 - PC7
Wed13:00 - 15:0024.01.2024EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Q&A - Zwischentest 2 & Feedback Übung 5
Wed13:00 - 18:0031.01.2024 PC-Räume des EDV-Labors (Siehe TISS-Prüfungsanmeldung) - 1. Slot: 13:00-15:00 / 2. Slot 16:00-18:00Zwischentest 2
Fri10:00 - 12:0001.03.2024 PC-Räume des EDV-Labors (Siehe TISS-Prüfungsanmeldung) - 10:00-12:00 UhrErsatztermin

Examination modalities

This course has an immanent mode of examination.

Each of the overall 6 tasks has to be processed individually in groups of max. two persons. The results of the analytical part as well as the cartographic outputs have to be uploaded in TUWEL.

These exercises contribute 30%, each of the tests 35% to the final grade where both of the tests need to be passed. For students with excused absence and those who haven´t scored enough points on one of the two tests, an optional third test is available.

Presence at 4 out of 5 feedback sessions is mandatory.

Detailed assessment criteria will be presented during the kick-off session and will then be available via TISS and TUWEL.

Registration and deregistration modalities
Registration and deregistration for exams and courses after the TISS registration deadline are to be sent in justified cases (cases of illness, etc.) only by e-mail to srf@tuwien.ac.at. Please note that late registration and deregistration will only be accepted upon submission of an appropriate justification (medical certificate, proof of a technical problem). E-mails sent to the respective lecturers in this regard will remain unanswered.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2023 12:00 04.10.2023 10:00 04.10.2023 10:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning Mandatory3. Semester


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Previous knowledge

"Angewandte Kartographie mit GIS" (former VU "Thematische Kartographie")!

Preceding courses


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